PGCE/PCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET)

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The full and part-time PCET programmes provide innovative and high-quality training and education designed to help those from many disciplines to obtain a teaching qualification. The programmes aim to provide opportunities to develop confidence and skills to apply basic principles of adult learning in different contexts.

Both programmes include a combination of university-based tuition and experiential practical teaching in the workplace, to provide a holistic and broad programme of study.

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We will be accepting applications for the full and part-time programmes from the 3rd April 2020.

Interviews to eligible applicants will be offered on the following dates:

  • 6th May 2020
  • 5th June 2020
  • 10th July 2020
  • 7th August 2020

Key Facts

Institution Code: T80

Scholarships and Bursaries

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If you want to teach or train young people or adults, we offer a range of ways to achieve a post-16 PGCE or Certificate in Education. The PGCE and PCE Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) programmes are designed for those teaching/training or wanting to pursue a career in post 16 contexts, e.g. higher, further, adult, community, vocational training in industry, commerce or other professions, school sixth forms, 14-19 school/tertiary courses.

A key emphasis is placed on the connection between practice and theory throughout our programmes. We focus on achieving excellent outcomes for trainees to become outstanding professionals, who understand the power of education to transform the lives of individuals and fulfil individual potential.

A recognised teaching qualification is now essential for all teachers working in post-compulsory education and training. Obtaining this qualification can be a stepping stone to further study and for career development and progression in the sector.

You will experience a variety of teaching and learning strategies that we will use to encourage participatory learning and reflective analysis throughout the programme. The overall aim will be to create a context for learning that acknowledges the special characteristics of adult learners.

Year 1 Modules

  • Principles of Teaching, Learning and Emergent Technologies
  • Effective Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Professional Teaching Experience 1

Year 2 Modules

  • Concepts in Teaching and Learning
  • Contemporary Issues and Professional Role in PCET
  • Professional Teaching Experience 2
  • One Optional Module

In addition to the above modules, each course member must successfully complete 150 hours of teaching practice over 2 years.

The full-time course combines the above modules  

Studying for a postgraduate or professional qualification is an investment in your career. We aim to equip you with the tools to enable you to transform your life and provide you with an education that makes you both confident and competent to embrace your chosen career path.

You may be a graduate with a degree subject, not widely taught on PGCE secondary courses, such as law, media, veterinary nursing, art history, nursing, childcare, drama and accountancy, the PGCE PCET can give you the qualification to you teach your subject specialism.

Alternatively our part-time study allows you to fit your studies around your existing life, or employment so that you can gain a postgraduate or professional qualification while continuing your career or with other commitments you have.

  • Lesley Morgan  - Administrator 
  • Ms Caroline Usei – Programme Director and Admissions 
  • Mark Simon Flagg

Assessment of the programme is continuous with assignments related to applicants' specialism and a weekly reflective discussion. Teaching practice is integral and must be passed.

Applicants must be qualified in their specialist area with a degree or Higher National Diploma, Advanced City and Guilds Certificate or appropriate level three qualifications.

We welcome new graduates, career changers, applicants with industry or uniformed services experience.

There are increasing opportunities for those with work experience to undertake training and lecturing in a variety of institutions such as colleges of further and higher education, vocational and non-vocational education, work-based education, training organisations, local government, public services, the voluntary sector and workers' education associations.

The huge range of possible workplaces, the diverse nature of the students, and the variety of subjects to teach – it all adds up to make post-16 education and training a very exciting area of education.

The qualification offers a range of employment options on graduation, from further and higher education to workplace and community education.

The PGCE/ PCE (PCET) is currently accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

To apply for this programme please complete an applicaton form: 
Postgraduate Taught Application Form‌ 

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Course Code:

  • 209C Professional Graduate Certificate in Education – Part-time
  • 210C Preparing to Teach Short Course – Part-time
  • 210X Professional Certificate in Education – Part-time
  • 209D Professional Graduate Certificate in Education – Full-time

Course Length:

  • 209C Part Time 2 Years one afternoon and Evening per week
  • 210C Part Time one term, one afternoon and Evening per week
  • 210X Part Time 2 Years one afternoon and Evening per week
  • 209D one year

For fee and payment information please see out fees and finance pages.